Arms experts progress in Syria

AFP-JIJI

International experts preparing to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal said Thursday they had made progress and expect to carry out on-site inspections within days.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations said the inspectors, who arrived in Syria on Tuesday, had made “encouraging initial progress” following a day of meetings with local authorities.

“Documents handed over yesterday by the Syrian government look promising, according to team members, but further analysis, particularly of technical diagrams, will be necessary, and some more questions remain to be answered,” they said.

The team said it hopes to begin on-site inspections and the initial disabling of equipment “within the next week.”